E45: London Readings

Photo of London Bridge by John Lugo-Trebble
London Bridge, by John Lugo-Trebble

In this episode, John and I share excerpts of the pieces we wrote based on the London prompt from the previous episode, which was simply to write a story set in London, keeping in mind the concept of authenticity.

The discussion about language and writing, authenticity, and technique continues.


PS: We decided not to choose a prompt on this episode, but not because of laziness or anything like that. Instead, we want our listeners and followers to choose one for us. Write to us here, there, and anywhere with your suggestions. We will pick our favorite on the next episode.

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Lit List

Sherlock Holmes (1891-1927), various stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

From Hell (2001), a film by The Hughes Brothers

The Limehouse Golem (2016), a film by Juan Carlos Medina

Four Season in Havana (2016), a TV series based on books by Leonardo Padura Fuentes

E44: Language and Writing

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage - Bronx, by Shannon McGee via Flickr.com licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage – Bronx, by Shannon McGee

In this episode of Voices from the Dark Open Mic, John and I talk about how spoken language factors into our writing and how we deal with the challenges presented by our desire to create an authentic experience for our readers.

We also touch on some writing techniques, discuss different authors (including Poe, referenced in the photo above) and decide on a new concept to write about for the next episode. Let us know what you think!

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Episode 44 Lit List

Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance (1978), novel;
Nights in Aruba (1983), novel

Matt Ruff: Lovecraft Country (2016), novel

Ryan Murphy: Hollywood  (2020), TV miniseries

Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting (1993), novel



Jordan Peele


E43: Inspiration Under Lockdown

John Lugo-Trebble and Steven Cuffari on Voices from the Dark Episode 43

In this episode of Voices from the Dark I join my friend, co-producer and co-host, John Lugo-Trebble to discuss dealing with the global coronavirus lockdown as writers and creators. We read excerpts from our stories and discuss our plans for creating a digital open mic right here on Voices from the Dark.

Check out John’s work at www.johnlugotrebble.com, and read the full version of his piece St. Mark’s Ghost. You can find the full version of my piece The Patron Saint of A Wandering New Yorker here.

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